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A postgraduate research blog from and for the PGRs of the School of Health in Social Science.
About us
Research Bow was launched in 2019 with the vision to create a platform to share advice, experiences and news with our community of postgraduate research (PGR) students in the School of Health in Social Science...
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Meet our passionate and enthusiastic team of editors, proofreaders, social media managers and much valued reviewers! If you want to be involved in any of these roles all you have to do is to get...
Our Contributors
Research Bow would not exist without the contribution of our inspiring and keen PGR blog authors who chose our platform to share their honest experiences, exciting initiatives and valuable tips and pieces of advice. We...

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Centre for Homelessness and Inclusion Health
It's time to put the spotlight on our second School Centre: the Centre for Homelessness and Inclusion Health! Did you always...
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A pandemic PhD? This is the WORST.
Destruction cannot be heard because rushing blood drowns out words. Destruction cannot be spoken because a mouth crowded with gasps...
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International Day of Happiness: when hope is needed the most!
This Saturday, on March 20th, we are celebrating the 'International Day of Happiness'. I have to be honest, it feels...
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How to Be a Savvy Scholar
The way that we find and consume information is constantly changing – from traditional (such as watching television) through online...
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To Create Your Own Oasis- Plantings, Mental Health and Well-being
There is no doubt that people like to live and work in civilized, comfortable and pleasant surroundings like bright and airy rooms, colourful walls, a few pots of...
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Featured category of the month: Mental Health, Wellbeing, and Resilience

In this category you can find realistic accounts of the ‘PGR experience’ including the visceral anxieties we may experience every day. You may also find research-driven wellbeing reflections and lifestyle tips. Would you like to share your experiences and reflections? Contact us at research.bow@ed.ac.uk
A pandemic PhD? This is the WORST.
Destruction cannot be heard because rushing blood drowns out words. Destruction cannot be spoken because a mouth crowded with gasps smothers thoughts. That is why...
Read More "A pandemic PhD? This is the WORST."
International Day of Happiness: when hope is needed the most!
This Saturday, on March 20th, we are celebrating the 'International Day of Happiness'. I have to be honest, it feels strange to write about happiness...
Read More "International Day of Happiness: when hope is needed the most!"
To Create Your Own Oasis- Plantings, Mental Health and Well-being
There is no doubt that people like to live and work in civilized, comfortable and pleasant surroundings like bright and airy rooms, colourful walls, a few pots of plants by the windows. But very few people...
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World Book Day
“That's the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.”  - Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake    The pandemic has changed our lives in many...
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Is it Okay to Have a Bad Day? A Docu-Music Video
On a cold February afternoon, I posted a special invitation on a Facebook group in Edinburgh called ‘The Meadows Share’. I asked if anyone would be willing to share  any advice for themselves when they are having a bad day. My goal was to create a short film that reaches people, so I figured it would be great to feature as …
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Silence will not protect you
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall”—Nelson Mandela Giving up is difficult. Contrary to well-versed...
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World Diabetes Day: Self-compassion, physical activity and gestational diabetes 
When I tell people that I am studying gestational diabetes as part of my PhD, I mostly receive a blank stare or a vague “oh,...
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Food – the present and the future generations´ wellbeing: making the food system sustainable
"Access to adequate food is a human right, and belongs to the economic, social and cultural rights" Human rights exist to protect human dignity and they are characterized by principles...
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Minds: Inspired and Supported
“It is vitally important to help each other. No, we cannot walk in each other’s shoes, but we can walk side-by-side and support each other”—Michele...
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